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Caught in crossfire over a name

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Bifurcation blues have not ended for some private associations and bodies even after Telangana and AP have formally come into existence. One among them is the Information Technology body, ITsAP (The IT and ITES Industry Association of AP).

Members are still undecided on how to go about the division of the body and seem to be caught in crossfire. Some of the members are learnt to be not in favour of naming the new association by including the word “Telangana” in it, since many in the sector are non-locals who associate more with Hyderabad city than the new State. Similarly, a separate association for the new AP State also does not seem to excite many since the IT sector hardly has any presence in the coastal belt and Rayalaseema.

Last heard, the members were contemplating reverting to its previous association name, HYSEA (Hyderabad Software Exporters Association).

‘Waiting for the quorum’

The GHMC council meeting on Saturday was not only witness to the return of some elected representatives but also had some of them attending for the first time.

If MPs and MLAs including Bandaru Dattatreya and T. Srinivas Yadav after winning the recent elections came to the civic body meeting as ex-officio members after a gap, then others such as Konda Viswesvar Reddy and A. Gandhi were there on their first visit. And when the meeting commenced some time behind schedule, Mr. Dattrateya addressed Mayor Mohammed Majid Hussain and stressing the need for punctuality, said that even officials were delayed .

To this, the Mayor said, “All of us including the officials were here. The delay was because we were waiting for the quorum.”

The mysterious case

of the barricades

One of the most popular decisions taken by the Telangana government even before it got going was the removal of the steel barricade fence outside the Chief Minister’s camp office in Begumpet. But that was before Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao was unwilling to occupy it.

Of course, officials took their own sweet time to make the road motorable. And just when commuters were enjoying the ‘widened’ road, came the news that the Chief Minister would be moving into the house after all.

No issues with that, but what was startling was the barricades returning to their original position overnight. However, once the photographs got published in newspapers, they were once again removed. Will they stay put?

Haleem at affordable prices?

It is a dish that everybody wants to relish but its high price dissuades many. With just a few days left for Ramzan to begin and ovens in place, it is time to relish ‘haleem’. Many feel the rates are shooting up and a plate of ‘haleem’ might cost Rs. 120 at popular eateries. With the price being a deterrent, some wonder if the GHMC will come to their rescue. The corporation is already providing mid day meals at Rs. 5 a plate and plans to provide breakfast at Re. 1. So many feel it is not a bad idea if the GHMC prepares ‘haleem’ at an affordable price.

When the Minister

decided to walk!

Ministers rarely get a chance to walk! The other day, however, when an opportunity to walk presented itself, Deputy Chief Minister T. Rajaiah grabbed it. He was at NIMS campus and chose to walk the whole distance from the trauma centre located on the Banjara Hills side to the hospital’s Punjagutta side. In between, he also walked to numerous health departments, NIMS millennium block, physiotherapy block, nursing stations, emergency wings etc. While the Minister walked, hospital staff and media personnel huffed and puffed trying to keep up with him.

(hyderabaddesk@thehindu.co.in)

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